A Song Flung Up to Heaven
The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance ofI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
A Song Flung Up to Heavenopens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated.
Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand.
Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King’s Poor People’s March.
But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party—where the idea for writingI Know Why the Caged Bird Singsis born. In fact,A Song Flung Up to Heavenends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences ofCaged Bird.
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Review: A Song Flung Up To Heaven (Maya Angelou's Autobiography #6)User Review - Tanessa - Goodreads
Recently, I heard Maya Angelou say that easy reading is hard writing. This book was such an easy read. And when I say easy, I mean easy to read for my stay-at-home mom lifestyle. I rarely have a ... Read full review
Review: A Song Flung Up To Heaven (Maya Angelou's Autobiography #6)User Review - Teresa Mills-clark - Goodreads
Maya writes well: clearly with lyricism. And, I was in the mood for a book which was just that after having read two exceptional books. Sometimes it is tremendously difficult to choose a book to ... Read full review